Holly is a strong believer that giving you the tools and knowledge about your condition is key to your recovery. The more information you have, the more you can manage your symptom and progressive back to your pre-injury level.Below are some questions I get frequently asked to help guid you are your rehabilitation journey. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have had lower back pain for years, is there any point trying physiotherapy?

Defiantly! There are many reasons why your back still hurts, this could be muscle imbalance, incorrect movement patterns, sensitisation of the nervous system or even bad habits. All of these can be rectified through a thorough physiotherapy assessment followed by a combination of manual therapy, education and an induvidualised exercise programme. The easiest way to find out why your back still hurts is to book in for a free assessment.

I injured myself a while ago and everytime I try to get back to running it comes back, why is this?

When we get an injury there is a cascade of events that happen within our body. It is often dependant on the severity and mechanism of injury that determies whether your body will recover on its own sufficiently or wheher it needs a little help. When we sustain a tear or sprain the tissue for example, scar tissue forms and the area weakens. Now if this is left often the muscle learns to move ineffectively and stays weakened. If this is not dealt with the injured area simply stays weakened and will fatigue quicker, therefore increasing your risk of re-injury. A comprehensive rehabilitation programme along with manual therapy will assit you in your recovery.

What is a tendinopathy?

A tendinopathy is commonly seen in the achilles, front of the knee ( patella tendon) or the shoulder, although it can happen anywhere. A tendinopathy is just the medical term for an overuse injury in the tendon, which in simple terms attaches muscle to bone. Due to over-training or progressive training too quickly the soft tissue can not adapt in time and therefore causes pain and an inflammatory response. These can be very painful and if not dealt with correctly within a good time frame can be quite a stubborn injury to treat. So if your symptoms are not settling after 6 weeks, it is a good idea to get these checked out! As a general rule: the quicker you are treated the easier it is to resolve.

Why would I need to consider an injury prevention programme?

Injury prevention is becoming more and more common and is currently utilised in professional sport. If you are a high perfroming athlete or an athlete who trains alot during the week, you will always be at more risk of developing an over-training injury than someone who plays football once a week. Therefore you need to make sure you lower your risk of injury as best you can and look after your body. If you fit in the above category than an injury prevention assessment is what you need! It includes a full body MOT for use of a better word by checking your individual muscle group and functional strength, mobility, flexibility and control. If during the assessment, any of the above flag up as a potential risk factor than it can be easily rectifiied with manual therapy and a personalised exercise programme, that way you can continue doing what you do best!